|10-03-2013 12:49 PM|
|09-30-2013 08:09 AM|
|09-29-2013 09:09 PM|
Just got my first Jeep Wrangler. 2013 Freedom Edition. Love it!
Great thread too, thank you to everyone that has contributed.
My issue and question is, I was hoping to place 2 NMO mount antennas, 1 on each of the Tail Lights. Problem is, I see no one is making anything like the TeraFlex solution for the JK models.
I have the stock cages around my real tail lights, from the Jeep factory.
Has anyone here run across individuals or a company making/fabricating these from scratch and selling them to the willing? Anyone have experience or luck with the TeraFlex 1912001 & 1912002 being modified to fit, if possible?
I'm not keen on the hood or cowl mount and keying up 50 watts of RF on VHF or UHF into me or my passenger. The spare tire mount isn't a great location for an NMO antenna. The Cooltech Ultramount license plate solution, for that price and I am not even sure if it is modifiable for NMO (I researched, but didn't stumble on it), is an option but one of the last ones.
|06-27-2013 05:19 PM|
I'm buying a used K400S for $50.
Are the differences in the S and SNMO just the connectors?
|06-23-2013 09:34 PM|
This is what I used: AA9PW FCC Exam Practice » Amateur Radio Exam Practice
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|06-23-2013 10:46 AM|
|Zed||I used eham.net A LOT studying for mine. Go to the right column and click on "new to ham radio" then on the next page scroll down a bit and select practice test. Then select Technician. Good luck!|
|06-22-2013 09:58 PM|
|06-22-2013 09:26 PM|
I'm sure it's already been asked but do any of yall have a link for the practice exams?
Hopefully I'll be taking the test soon
|06-22-2013 09:21 PM|
|PhotoWrangler||Oooohhhhh nice! Might have to think about one of those.|
|06-22-2013 07:26 PM|
|06-22-2013 04:10 PM|
|06-22-2013 05:17 AM|
Thanks for the info on the ham test. Out of curiousity, I took a few of the practice tests online. In my line of work I've been around commercial radios some and know a little bit about radios (probably just enough to be dangerous!) but I actually passed a couple of the exams without studying yet. So I think I'm just going to read the book and then study the question pool.
One thing you might want to keep in mind when you wire your radio directly to the battery is that you want to make sure the radio is off when you start your vehicle. I had an installation tech at a local commercial radio company tell me that the power surge when you start the vehicle is bad for the radio. I don't know if that is true but it certainly makes sense. My commercial radio is wired directly to the battery but is located where I can see the face so I know whether it is off or on. I also have Anderson Power Poles on it so I can easily remove it. However, I usually just throw a towel over it when I get out of the vehicle to prevent it from being so visible to thieves.
Anderson Power Poles are great. I like to use them on all my vehicles and radios along with an NMO antenna mount. If I want to I can easily switch out my commercial radio for a CB. Here is a link to the Power Poles and a link to a good NMO CB antenna. The antenna is a Tram 1140 and can probably be found cheaper somewhere but I just posted that auction link so you can see a picture of it.
Anderson Power Poles, Connectors & Housings - Powerpoles for Sale | Powerwerx
Tram 1140 NMO Mount CB Antenna 26 8 31 MHz High Proformance 1 4 Wave Loaded | eBay
|06-21-2013 10:37 PM|
What's an APod?
|06-21-2013 09:25 PM|
|Zed||I was actually thinking of wiring mine like I did my off road lights. Straight to the battery with a rocker switch on my APod in the cabin. That way I can leave the radio on under the seat, just cover the face plate when I get out (I work in the city and the druggies will smash and grab anything shiny) and just flip power on and off from the rocker.|
|06-21-2013 12:59 AM|
|06-20-2013 09:12 PM|
I had studied since November, but the woman sitting next to me had never seen the manual, or taken a practice test, and she passed the exam after only 8 hours of study.
Of course its best to study and LEARN the material you'll be using, but the Ham Crams are designed to at least get you in the door and on the air so you can learn as you go.
|06-20-2013 09:09 PM|
I'm wondering though, if you connect directly to the battery, should you forget to turn your radio off, dont you run the risk of a dead battery in the morning?
Is it possible to run it through an add-a-circuit fuse, and a switched source at the fuse panel?
|06-16-2013 04:50 PM|
Congratulations on passing your Technician test.
Nothing wrong with putting another antenna in the same general area. Everything is a compromise in radio. You'll be blasting a lot of your signal in to the back of your Jeep. Ideally the antenna should be on highest location on your vehicle (roof). And in off-roading we know that's not very practical.
I have my 2m stick mounted on a hood lip mount. And the CB mounted on a license plate bracket.
[QUOTE="Zed;3864144"]So i just passed my tech exam today! This is a great thread but I still need some advice. I'm running a 4 foot firestik for my CB off a rugged ridge spare tire mount. I was thinking of putting my ham antenna on the same mount attached to the hole on the opposite side of where I have my first antenna. Is this too close? It would allow me to route both coax wires and ground straps through the same entry points so would be convenient.
|06-16-2013 06:37 AM|
|Landman||Zed, I bought that book the other day but haven't even look at it yet. I will now though. I was just curious if there was a better option before I started. Thanks for your help.|
|06-16-2013 05:47 AM|
Thanks Landman! Good point about the antenna.
Didn't take a class. Just bought this book from amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/087259...sr=8-1&pi=SL75
Then... And this was a HUGE help, went to eham.net and kept taking the practice exams over and over. They give you the correct answers at the end. On the left side of the site click "new to ham radio" then scroll down a little and click take practice test and select technician.
There are a set number of questions they can ask you. They pull 35 from that set of questions for every test.
I studied for a little under two weeks. ;-)
|06-16-2013 04:41 AM|
I'm not a ham but I use a company VHF radio in the 153 MHz range which I believe is called the 2 meter band. The antenna we use is too short to mount from the tire rack unless you put an extension to get it up over the top. I don't think it would be too difficult to do though with a piece of aluminium stock. The antenna you posted is only 37" and would be about a foot shorter than your firestik. I'm sure one of the more experienced ham's will have a better suggestion for you than I do but I thought I'd just throw that out there.
This is off topic but did you take a class or just study by yourself for the exam? I'd like to get my license and have recently been looking into it. Thanks.
|06-15-2013 05:06 PM|
So i just passed my tech exam today! This is a great thread but I still need some advice. I'm running a 4 foot firestik for my CB off a rugged ridge spare tire mount. I was thinking of putting my ham antenna on the same mount attached to the hole on the opposite side of where I have my first antenna. Is this too close? It would allow me to route both coax wires and ground straps through the same entry points so would be convenient.
Im thinking of the internal antenna mount melntioned early in the thread
i could mount one with an under hood bracket though the antenna would be in front of one of my offroad lights mounted along my windshield
Ug... Decisions decisions. Any suggestions?
Fyi... Looking at this setup...
I need a virtual Elmer LOL
|05-28-2013 06:06 PM|
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|05-28-2013 01:03 PM|
|Rigger007||Mike 4462, I love the callsign on the hood. Very cool idea, it looks just like the Rubicon lettering. Nice work.|
|05-27-2013 09:36 PM|
|05-24-2013 11:54 AM|
|05-24-2013 09:39 AM|
That hood mount looks great. Who makes it? Do you have a part number or can you direct me to a website for it?
|05-24-2013 02:27 AM|
Here are a few pics of my install. I love the hood mount and it doesn't interfere with the hood being raised. It also made it convenient running the power and antenna wires through the same spot. I mounted the base unit and speaker under the dash to protect them from water and theft. The detachable faceplate is mounted above the rear view mirror making it easy to read and adjust the volume or channels too.
|05-24-2013 12:42 AM|
Wouldn't a conductive assembly grease be a better choice for a good ground?
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